Construction of the Dwarka Expressway a Eight
lane highway linking National Capital Delhi with Commercial Metropolis Gurugram
in Haryana is set to start by the month-end, following the transfer of land by
Gurugram authorities to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Nearly
seventy per cent of the 30 kilometer Expressway is in Haryana and rest in the
Union Territory of Delhi.
The project connecting Gurugram with Western part
of the National Capital has been in the pipeline for over a decade but could
not take off due to interstate ramifications. A Metro railway line was also
planned in this segment nearly ten years ago but has not taken off so far.
Traffic congestion in this segment is so high that NHAI has removed the toll
plaza enroute which was contributing to the holdup of traffic, two years ago.
During peak hours vehicles have to wait for hours together to gain entry into Gurugram
Officials said the work will be done in four
parts — from Mahipalpur on NH-8 to Kherki Daula. The transfer was completed
after a joint inspection of the entire stretch, the Haryana Shahari Vikas
Prdhikaran (HSVP) officials said. The highway has been named Dwarka, the
largest sub city in the National capital adjoining Gurugram from where the
Expressway starts from the Delhi end..
Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), earlier
Huda, Haryana government's Urban Development Agency handed over a
10.2-kilometre stretch between Delhi-Gurugram border and the Basai rail over
bridge (ROB) to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on November 29, said officials. The
transfer paves the way for the start of work on the third segment of the road
NHAI is building the Dwarka Expressway in four
segments — a five-kilometer stretch from Shiv Murti to Dwarka underpass, a
4.5-km stretch from Dwarka underpass to Haryana border, a 10.2-km stretch from
the Haryana border to Basai rail over bridge and a 8.7-km stretch from Basai
rail over bridge to NH-8, up to the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR).
The third and fourth segments of the project will
cost Rs1,333 crore and Rs1,047 crore, respectively, officials said. The total
length of the Dwarka Expressway is 29 kilometers, of which 18.9km is in
Gurugram and the rest in Delhi.
Mr.Chander Shekhar Khare, administrator, HSVP,
Gurugram, said that HSVP and GMDA of Delhi government worked in collaboration
to ensure that the right of way for the Dwarka Expressway was handed over to
NHAI at the earliest.
“Right now, the stretch between Basai railway
over bridge and Haryana border has been handed over to the (highways)
authority. As the contract has already been awarded, we expect the work to
start soon. There were technical and revenue-related issues that needed to be
resolved for the transfer,” said Khare.
HSVP officials are also working on transferring
the stretch between Basai railway over bridge and the intersection, up to the
starting point of Central Peripheral Road (CPR), next week. While the land for
the other phases in Gurugram is yet to be transferred to the NHAI, permission
for felling trees on the land acquired in Delhi is awaited.
A senior NHAI official said that L&T, which
has been awarded the contract, has set up two construction camps. “Work on the
project will formally start by the end of the month,” he said.
The Haryana government's urban development agency
has assured the NHAI that obstacles which could come in the way of commencement
of work would be cleared within 30 days.